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Museums ask for input

The Museums of Cassidy Park are currently looking for items to further enhance the new Bogalusa exhibit in the Pioneer Museum, as well as materials that participants in the museums’ new Creative Circle can fashion into jewelry, dream catchers and more to sell in the gift shops and at festivals and similar fund-raising opportunities to benefit the local non-profit.
Pioneer Museum Curator Millicent “Jimmie” Canter has put out a call for personal letters of some historical interest up through World War II, pictures of people wearing clothing of the early 1900s, adult and children’s clothing of the same era, children’s toys and school or story books of the period, photographs of area schools, students and classes and pictures of small businesses located within the city limits at the time.
Canter said the Museums simply want to borrow the items and can make and use copies of the photographs and letters.
“However, originals of the letters would be more effective,” Canter said.
Museums Director Marcelle Hanemann agreed, and added that the Creative Circle is looking for old, broken jewelry or any natural materials such as feathers, small bones, glass or pottery beads and pottery shards that could be incorporated into new jewelry or other pieces.
Hanemann said the idea is to upgrade the museums’ gift shops and to extend their reach.
Ruth Rolling, who teaches the museums’ pottery classes, and many of her students are already making and donating pieces such as effigy vessels to the sale items.
To make arrangements to donate or lend items, contact Hanemann at 735-9188 or 750-6584.